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Awhile ago, before the Christmas holiday, Glenn Beck did a special with  authors about heroes, heroism and modern heroes.  I have meant to write on the subject for a while…which likely means I have forgotten most of my points.

But yet this remains an important issue, so here goes.

Now in the end a lot of the people I admire are fictional characters, or celebrities…warts and all.  People who I can relate with from a moral level, or in the real world equivalent, people who I can admire and say “well if they can do it why can’t I?”

But the point is that Heroism is a deeply personal and retrospective thing for you, who and what you admire, and the morals and lessons that you take away from them.  Learning what you will from what they could teach you.

Now taking in mind there is a lot of things about heroes that need considering when discussing the topic at hand.

Heroism has everything to do with perception.  It’s not so much a matter of what people do, but a matter of what you catch them doing and what you know about them.  If what they do sounds heroic to you, then they are a hero to you.

For example for most people in the political debate of today like to call themselves liberals and progressives.

They are for helping the little people, giving them money, protecting them from the big evil rich people up the chain of command.

That they are for the rights of the oppressed.

This is the liberal progressive perception that truthfully exists in many people.

But when in fact some of these things do not match with reality then it is up to the person to reconcile the difference.

Because ideals are always bigger then the people who we find them in.

That we are human, and we all have warts and flaws and we make mistakes.  And it’s up to the person to feel how that effects their feelings towards the real world person that you consider a hero.

And if you do learn something that conflicts with your moral perceptions that this hero has done, then its up to you to take the ideals that you have learned to that hero and then instantly take them off the list.

Heroes are important for the moral and ethical lessons they teach us.  Which is why it is easy to hero-worship for fictional characters and the heroes on Television because its pretty safe to say they will not let you down.

The whole mess with Tiger Woods last year is a perfect example of this.  If you think that he is a good man, someone to admire, and be a hero to you, because he is an upstanding and moral person, then you have to take a good long look at this given what he has done.

And willing to criticize any hero regardless of race, gender, politics, or affiliation to you.  Or former status as hero.

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5 Comments

  1. Like you said….hero worship is a personal thing. However, I have always thought it wrong to elevate another human being to that status, because it is unfair to expect a RL person to be perfect. Everyone has skeletons in their closet…some are just bigger and uglier than others. SO to try and expect a RL person to continually live up to your hero status….well that is just asking for eventual disappointment IMO.
    It is a shame really that we live in a time when people put so much pressure to be perfect, to look perfect, to live perfect ….that no wonder we have young girls sticking their fingers down their throats or we have the rise in kids joining gangs, and watch as drug use and suicide skyrocket. It is high time we try and teach our youth that to is ok to be yourself…to be less than perfect…to have flaws….it is ok to fail…but to get up, learn from it and try…try again. We need a Losers Hero….someone who can show us these things….show us failure with grace, who has imperfect looks and genuine average intelligence….but would we want to look up to such a person?? This is the question…because so many times we just don’t want to face these things. We want to live in that dream world of fantasy and fairytales because perhaps life is too painful? But then there comes a time when we realize that we may never achieve such a dream or a fantasy will never be realized and then the walls come crashing down. Then what? We need to continually remind ourselves and others…our friends that hero worship can have a double edge sword on one hand it can help you to become motivated into action but on the other hand it can lead to disappointment and depression. So maybe think twice before worshiping a hero…or just learn to keep it all in perspective.

    • Indeed. I think that is why though that most people look at television heroes and people so much some of the time. I am not qualified to comment on someone. But they do not often let you down, you know who they are, and what their character arcs entail to learn what you will from them

  2. Very well said. 😀 If people want to elevate individuals like John Paul II, Mother Teresa, Ronald Reagan, or anyone else to a pedestal, that’s their choice. I do hope though that at the same time people recognize that such heroes aren’t infallible and they are as human as anyone else.

    I think that finding heroes in other people can be a healthy thing if put in proper perspective. With the wrong perspective though, it creates cults of personality. I’ve already seen this happen with the pastor of a church. He was given way too much respect and admiration even though he was as fallible as the next person. And when he finally did start making mistakes, it was interesting how quickly his growing congregation diminished.

    I get this feeling that our country’s population keeps looking for heroes in other people. I think that we ourselves need to rise up as individuals and be the heroes. I think it’s the only way our country will work its way out of its problems.

    • Well people will always be looking for someone to live your live by and as an example for you to follow and live your life by. But its really more of a savior complex, we are not looking for role models…we are looking for saviors. We are looking for someone and wave a magic wand and make our lives better and shove the monsters away. This is natural, and expected. Small Children look to their parents much the same. the problem that we now face is that things are so upside down is that we are now solely relying on other people any other people…politicians. They are not role models, they are the only ones that can do anything.

        • Cold Fuzz
        • Posted February 12, 2010 at 3:38 am
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        If the general population believes that other people are the only ones who can actually do anything to create change in either their own lives or on a wider scope, they’re unknowingly taking power out of their hands and allowing their future to be controlled by someone else. Everyone has the power to create change, whether it’s small or big. It all depends on a person’s willingness to change themselves, follow through, and take action to create that change.


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